Jumeirah Group has appointed Niamh O’Connell as its first vice president of wellbeing, group and corporate. The move is part of the group’s renewed focus to elevate the wellness offering across its portfolio and craft distinctive experiences that meet the needs of discerning luxury travelers.
With nearly three decades of experience in luxury wellness and hospitality across Europe, the U.S. and Asia Pacific, O’Connell will work alongside Jumeirah Group’s hotel and operations teams to craft an all-encompassing well-being strategy. This will include spa services, fitness offerings, longevity programs, therapies and holistic wellness, as well as branding, design and programming.
Katerina Giannouka, CEO of Jumeirah Group, said: “The relationship our guests have with wellness and well-being today has transcended from isolated treatments offering a functional fix, to an all-encompassing guided approach to longevity, life balance and self-care. Niamh is a world-class expert in this space and I’m delighted to have her join our team at Jumeirah Group as the vice president of wellbeing. This is a new role we deemed essential as we begin to invest strongly in advancing our wellbeing offering through new concepts, therapies and partnerships, designed to enrich the life and wellness experience of our guests while staying at Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.”
O’Connell has a track record in leading global teams recognized for their innovation and service excellence. Prior to joining Jumeirah Group, she held senior roles at Hyatt International Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, O’Connell was the group vice president at Rosewood Hotel Group, where she was responsible for the strategic development of wellness and brand experience. Recognized for her strategic brand vision and consistent delivery of exceptional guest experiences, O’Connell has developed an outstanding reputation for creating unique touch points across the guest journey.
Commenting on her new role, O’Connell said: “It is a true privilege to join Jumeirah Group at this pivotal moment in the brand’s journey. Over the past three years, a remarkable shift in the landscape of well-being has been witnessed, and now the industry stands on the brink of an exhilarating transformation. I look forward to inspiring a new approach to well-being across our hotels and resorts, guided by the principles of lifelong learning, longevity, and inclusivity. By adopting this approach, my aim is to ensure we empower our guests to enhance their physical and emotional well-being through sustainable wellness practices.”